Data by itself has no meaning. It fills databases. This data must be examined in order to become meaningful. Humans must interact with it. Information arises when humans examine the data. Knowledge is created when information is transformed through human social interactions.”  

Richard Gayle via spacecollective

The space in which we live can be monitored in many aspects and appears to be to be a gradient of data in continuous evolution and change. One of the major advantages of parametric tools is to be able to inform the design processes with accurate, specific and variable, in space and time, data streams .

DATA BODIES is a Grasshopper workshop that will focus on how its nature as an information processor and how it can be (ab)used in order to manipulate data, streaming inputs from various sources and use datafeeds to inform geometry or data structures from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to give an understanding of information and data articulation as already a spatial and architectural operation; results may range from pure data communication protocols, dataviz or data-driven geometries depending on the skill levels and aspirations of each participant. The brief is also open to the suggestions and opportunities that may rise during the workflow.


Basic modeling skill in Rhino and Grasshopper are required. Participants should bring their own laptop with pre-installed software (software download links will be given after subscription).

A fully functional evaluation version of the software can be downloaded at the following links:

During the workshop will be used the following plugins :


On Monday 12nd of May at 7PM, Andrea Graziano will give a free public lecture called “DATA OBSESSION”.
The event will be help in English at École d’architecture de la ville et des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée.
Please register here.
More information can be found here (in French).

AGENDA : 9,10,11 of May 2014 

The daily timetable is: Morning 10-13 + Afternoon 14-18 (coffee breaks included)


  • Geometry instantiation (component to proliferation environment)
  • Data flow intermediate: conditional operations, data visualization and control (text tags, panel)
  • Data flow advanced: data tree & pathmapping
  • Attractor logics (one and multiple points, curves)
  • Informing geometries: colors & tagging
  • Mesh & subdivision tools
  • Advanced mesh modeling
  • Examples and case studies


  • Introduction to gHowl plug-in
  • Data from COSM (old Pachube)
  • Data from spreadsheet
  • Data from web – realtime data
  • GPS data from smartphone app
  • Data-driven design


  • Design studio and final pin-up


Andrea Graziano
Architect, computational designer, digital explorer, apophenia seeker, brainiac and applicant knowmad.
Learn more on facebook  /  google +  /  twitter  /  grasshopper  /  digitAG&  /  /  twylah  /  pinterest  /  &other  /  TED profile  /  issuu  /  youtube  /  vimeo  /  delicious .

Andrea Graziano

About Co-de-iT

Andrea Graziano is a co-founder of Co-de-iT - computanional design Italy -.
Structured as a network of heterogeneous clusters, Co-de-iT focus on the impact of computation as design medium in creative disciplines; being situated at the edge of biology and technology allows the coalescence of interested members and external collaborators into multidisciplinary teams for different topic-based explorations, combining research, education and networking activities in a unique workflow.


Francesco Cingolani
Computational designer and blogger since 2006.
Co-founder of superbelleville coworking and director of the one-person design consultancy Immaginoteca Studio.
Parametric Design Teacher and Lecturer at École d’Architecture Marne La Vallé in Paris
Member of edgeryders community and co-design facilitator for unMonastery.
Co-founder of Volumes, a new collaborative space in Paris opening in 2014.


Aurélie de Boissieu
R&D on BIM and computational design at setec engineering.
Associate Researcher at UMR 3495 CNRS/MCC MAP.
Computation Design Teacher and Lecturer at École d’Architecture Marne La Vallé in Paris and Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles.

Victoire Saby
Structural Engineer and Architect at setec engineering.
Member of the innovation group setecLab digital model and construction.
Teacher at Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and Ecole d’Architecture de Paris Malaquais.


The Workshop is organized by Super Belleville in collaboration with Co-de-iT.


Official administration partner of the workshop : Phillip Shapiro from Cadlantinque.
Official logistic partner : setec engineering.


English will be the main language of the workshop, but organizers also speak fluently Italian, Spanish and French.


Superbelleville coworking
5 passage Piver
75011 Paris

Immeuble Central Seine
46, quai de la Rapée
PARIS 75012

Metro station : Gare de Lyon (Lines 1 and 14, RER A and D)


For participants who register before 14/04/2014 (included) we offer EARLY BIRD fees:
EARLY BIRD educational*: € 249 **
EARLY BIRD professional: € 319 **

After 14/04/2014 the STANDARD fees will be:
STANDARD fee – educational*: € 289 **
STANDARD fee – professional: € 389 **

The deadline for registration is 02/05/2014.
The workshop has a maximum of 15 places available and will be activated with a minimum number of 8 participants.

* students, teachers, researchers & PhD (proof of status required)
** TVA may apply following your invoicing adress : please contact us for further details


Registration is now open!
Please send an email to Francesco Cingolani - - if you want to apply for the workshop.
You will then receive further information and payment instructions.